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David Geroski

Hometown: Derry, New Hampshire

Major: Physics

Advisor: Shiwei Zhang

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Simulating Superconductivity by Integral Equations

A primary goal of modern Condensed Matter Physics is the accurate prediction of materials properties. However, predicting these properties from first principles typically entails an exponentially growing number of calculations, making standard approaches exceedingly difficult, even for a computer. Therefore, studying the properties of strongly correlated systems such as magnetic materials, optical lattices and high-temperature super conductors requires a computational method which can work with relatively large systems in finite Read More…

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Hae Seong Kim

Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Major: Chemistry

Advisor: David Kranbuehl

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Incorporation of Graphene Oxide into Polyurethane and Acrylic Polymers for Enhancement Against Hydrolytic Degradation

To protect from corrosion and barnacles, the hull of a ship is coated with paint. This paint coating provides crucial protection so every year, tons of paint are used to cover a great surface area of a ship as well as to reinforce its coating layers. If the durability and lifespan of paint can be improved, then it will result in economic, time, and labor efficiency. Polyurethane and acrylic polymers (acrylic paints) Read More…

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Jacob Lisi

Hometown: Lincoln, Rhode Island

Major: Chemistry

Advisor: David Kranbuehl

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Effects of Carbon to Oxygen Ratios on Graphene Oxide Loaded Nylon-12

My project focuses on the use of functionalized graphene in the polymerization of a type of high performing nylon currently used in the petroleum industry, mainly oil pipes. Graphene is a carbon based material with many desirable properties. It is currently the strongest material known on earth, however due to it’s structure there are limitations. Functionalized graphene known as graphene oxide is an altered form of graphene with oxygen added to Read More…

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Tanner Russo

Hometown: Sumerduck, Virginia

Major: Government

Advisor: Christine Nemacheck

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Geopolitics & Justice: The Role of Progressive Cities in Protecting Civil Liberties

My honors thesis will test the theory that progressive urban localities are more protective of civil liberties than rural or conservative localities. My research will focus on legislative reactions to four contentious Supreme Court rulings on civil liberties issues like abortion, religious freedom, and flag-burning: Roe v. Wade (1971); Goldman v. Weinberger (1985); Texas v. Johnson (1988); and Employment Division v. Smith (1989). I will examine whether members of Congress Read More…

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Natalie Hudson-Smith

Hometown: Spotsylvania, Virginia

Major: Chemistry

Advisor: David Kranbuehl

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Production and Loading of Polyimides with Graphene

Polyimides are high performance polymers that demonstrate excellent heat resistance and mechanical properties. They are used in industrial and personal electronic applications. Current research suggests that addition of small amounts of Graphene Oxide (GO), a form of functionalized graphene containing oxygen-containing functional groups, into the polymer matrix of other high performance polymers such as polyamide-11 and polyamide-12 may greatly improve the mechanical properties of the polymer, such as tensile strength. These Read More…